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Mt. Hood ski resorts brace for busy weekend

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Ski resorts on Mount Hood are gearing up for a busy weekend after a recent storm brought several inches of new snow.

More than 6 inches of new snow had fallen at Mt. Hood Meadows within the past 24 hours, the resort reported on its website Friday night. The conditions have caught many people off guard, a resort spokesman said.

"Conditions have been good, surprisingly good for people who have come up and say the snow pack isn't what it is normally," said Dave Tragethon, Mt. Hood Meadows.

Skiers and snowboarders like Collin Hill are anxious to make up for lost time.

"Oh yeah. All season. I just got my season pass. This year is my first year with a season pass, and so it's a really good experience for me. It's finally a good snow," Hill said.

The recent storm brought 10 inches of new snow over the past two days at Mt. Hood Skibowl. The resort plans to open the Multorpor Chairlift on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. for day and night skiing. The Lower Bowl chairlift will also open for the first time this season, a resort spokesman said.

On Friday night, members of Lincoln High School's ski club out of Portland noticed a clear difference on the slopes at Mt. Hood Meadows. They make a trip up to the mountains every Wednesday and Friday and just hope these latest conditions will continue well into the spring.

"It's looking a lot better than it has been," said student Arielle Alferez. "It's been pretty bad lately, but it's nice to have some new snow."

If you plan to head up to the mountains this weekend, you'll likely see some packed snow on the roads. Crews have been doing their best to keep the roads clear, but chains or traction tires were required on Friday night near Timberline Lodge and Mt. Hood Meadows.

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